Tuesday, February 1, 2011
ABC Wednesday: C is for Cap San Diego
The Cap San Diego is a bulk carrier. She used to make the run between Hamburg and South America, often Buenos Aires, taking such things as chemicals, and livestock on the way to South America and coffee, meat and textiles back to Hamburg. A small number of passengers could also travel on board in surprising comfort.
In the 1980, the big container ships replaced the bulk carriers and in 1986, the Cap San Diego was to be scrapped, but the city of Hamburg bought her. She was restored and is now a museum ship, currently hosting an exhibition about immigrants who started into their new life overseas from Hamburg.
The Cap San Diego is still seaworthy and leaves Hamburg every year for a trip to Cuxhaven and for other trips. You can book a stay on the Cap in one of the passenger cabins and if you want to spend a bit more money, you can actually charter the whole ship.
This is the second big museum ship in the port of Hamburg, the Rickmer Rickmers. She's a three masted bark launched in 1896 and made runs to Asia and later mainly to Chile for salpetre. From 1924 to 1962 she was a training ship in Portugal, after having been confiscated after WWI. She returned to Hamburg in 1983. Here's a stamp that show her under sails
By the way, you tend to have a much more spectacular view of the port from where I stood to take those photos. I had waited for sunshine for three weeks, this was the last possible weekend and the fog just wouldn't lift. It was like a white wall someone erected right on the middle of the Elbe. Good thing I hadn't planned on getting any clear photos of the Blohm & Voss docks.
See what else C stands for with ABC Wednesday.
I'm going to try for a complete Hamburg ABC, after my animal ABC. Some letters are tricky (Y...), but I hope I can come up with something for each one.